Tuesday, December 16, 2008

It's a Holiday Open House in Blogland.....

It's Holiday Open House in Blogland and Kimba of "A Soft Place to Land" is today's hostess. So take some time to visit others and see what great decorating ideas you might get, just click on the sign above to link up! But, while your here take a stroll through my home, and see some of this year's holiday decor.


No snow here yet, so the entryway is all cleared off for you.


Coming into the foyer you notice the cute little built in bench of our house circa. 1885



And on the first landing, I am displaying my gingerbread cookie cutter collection.
Most are from the 40's and 50's, you can't find them anymore...

And look at this little Santa decorating his Gingerbread house...




Then there is the antique snowmen guarding their little house.



This wonderful Snowman stands guard in my dining room. One of many....


And this collectible hand-painted Santa, stands guard over my dough area.


For this skinny, tall tree, I decided to use my antique children's pots and utensils, as the ornaments. Since it is in the kitchen it makes sense that it have cooking utensils on it. And I think it turned out great!



A close-up of the tree, check out that Little Bo Peep percolating coffee pot!






I've been collecting Baking and Pastry Santas since they started making them.

And these are just a few....

Some sit on my Kitchen Mantel, overseeing all my Holiday Baking...





Our bigger tree in the living room. This is the one that Santa will visit.


The lights behind the bulbs, make them look luminary....



And when it is Holiday decorating day with the family, I make up a few pizzas, and play my large collections of Christmas CD. It really gets you in the mood...And of course we munch on all those Christmas cookies!


EASY PIZZA DOUGH RECIPE


INGREDIENTS

1 Tbl. dry instant yeast

1 1/2 c. warm water

2 tsp. sugar

1 Tbl. olive oil

3 1/2 c. flour

pinch of salt


DIRECTIONS

**In mixing bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and sugar let sit 5 minutes until bubbly.


**Add olive oil, flour, and salt, and mix with dough hook to combine. Then mix on medium for 5 minutes to knead it, until it comes away from side the bowl.


**Transfer to greased bowl, cover and let sit, until it doubles in size or about an hour. Punch down and let rise agin, about 30 minutes.


**Stretch out onto pizza pan, and top with your favorite toppings.


**This Dough amount will make one thick large 18" Pizza, or 2 thinner 16". I think it was pretty good thick, and the kids loved it!

17 Others Say::

jenjen said...

Cute decorations. Your trees are beautiful. Your pizza looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

Amzing collection you have. I really enjoyed looking at them. Thank you for the tour.

Hugs,
Chris

Jerri - Simply Sweet Home said...

I love the antique children's pots on your tree and garland over your mantle and banister.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I love all of your decorations~they are absolutely adorable.
Make sure you come by and enter my Friday giveaway.

Laura said...

Wow, I love your stairs. I have an 1856 Farm house (see blog, I also have a house tour), so I just love the character of your home.

Kris said...

Your house looks so warm and cozy!

Allison said...

Wow! I love it all! Your house is so warm and inviting. Thanks for "having us over". I love the gingerbread cookie cutter display! So unique. I hope you'll stop by my place, too!

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

Your home is beautiful, and you have quite a touch! Very warm, cozy and beautiful.

Thank you for sharing!

Kristin said...

The tree decorated with kitchen utensils is a great idea! Lovely decorations!

Charlene said...

Your Santa Collection is wonderful. I had forgotten all about the Santas I meant to pull out of the attic. maybe you have inspired me to crawl up there & get those out. I will get them out & try to post them later in the week. Thank you for jogging my memory. All your decor is cute.

Maven said...

I came by way of Kimba's blog party. I haven't had time to visit all of them but your blog title "Suzy Homemaker" caught my eye. I really enjoyed looking at the pictures of your beautiful decor and loved the pizza recipe at the end. What a great idea to make a pizza over the holidays! I also loved your little chef Santas. Nice to met you. I've bookmarked your page.

Jen r. said...

I love your decorations and your Christmas pizza! :) The banister looks fabulous!

honeysuckle said...

Love, love, love your kitchen tree! Your home is one I'd love to sit and have hot chocolate in. Thanks for the tour.

julie isa said...

Love the Gingerbread tree! I have the same snowman in my post. Fun. Merry Christmas and Happy Everything!

Dana said...

Love the built in bench! I dream of owning a historic home with those little details. Also, great idea with the gingerbread cookie cutters as ornaments. Perfect for my kitchen tree I am planning!

Kim Layton said...

The Santa collection is so nice, but now I'm hungry! Merry Christmas!

Carrie said...

That bench! *swoon* How amazing is that??

Love the gingerbread men tree!!

Thanks for stopping by my Christmas Home tour!

Have a very Merry Christmas!